At the Movies: ‘Thor,’ ‘All is Lost,’ ‘A.C.O.D.’

Nov. 8, 2013 | 0 Comments In the Star-Advertiser Friday Print Edition

Tom Hiddleston, left, and Chris Hemsworth reprise their comic book roles in 'Thor: The Dark World.' --Walt Disney Studios

Tom Hiddleston, left, and Chris Hemsworth reprise their comic book roles in ‘Thor: The Dark World.’ –Walt Disney Studios

Wide-release film synopses from the Los Angeles Times.


‘About Time’ **
A young man discovers that he can travel through time and also meets the love of his life, but he comes to realize his gift doesn’t necessarily make life’s ups and downs any easier to deal with. With Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams and Bill Nighy. Written and directed by Richard Curtis. (R, 2:04)

‘A.C.O.D.’ ***
Adam Scott is the adult son of parents long and acrimoniously divorced, trying to bring them together for his younger brother’s wedding. Catherine O’Hara and Richard Jenkins are especially terrific as the warring exes. A clever little comedy with some big performances. (Philadelphia Inquirer) At Koko Marina 8 (R, 1:28)

‘All is Lost’ ***1/2
“All Is Lost” begins in darkness. There is a voice, though. And a face. Weathered and worn by time, Robert Redford is our man, stranded on a sinking ship. In this spare and unsparing film, the man’s fate hangs in the balance, and all the existential questions are there in the doubt and the decisions. Written and directed by J.C. Chandor, who has given Redford the role of a second lifetime. The actor delivers a star performance in return. At Kahala 8 (PG-13, 1:47)

‘Blood and Ties’
A fledgling reporter’s close relationship with her doting father is rocked when an infamous child abduction case comes back into the news and she is struck by some chilling similarities. With Son Ye-jin and Kim Kap-soo. Written by Bin Sun Hwa. Directed by Kook Dong-seok. In Korean with English subtitles. At Pearlridge West 16 (South Korea, not rated, 1:35)

‘Thor: The Dark World’ **
The hammer-wielding demigod Thor battles to save Earth and his home world of Asgard from an ancient enemy in this sequel to the 2011 movie “Thor.” With Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston and Stellan Skarsgard. Written by Christopher L. Yost, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Directed by Alan Taylor. In 3-D. (PG-13, 1:52)

’12 Years a Slave’ ***1/2
In the antebellum United States, a free black man from upstate New York is abducted and sold into slavery, forcing him to fight for years to survive and maintain his dignity. With Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch and Paul Dano. Written by John Ridley. Directed by Steve McQueen. At Kahala 8 (R, 2:14)

Domhnall Gleeson, left, and Bill Nighy are a father and son that can travel through time in this romantic comedy, 'About Time.' --Universal Pictures

Domhnall Gleeson, left, and Bill Nighy are a father and son that can travel through time in this romantic comedy, ‘About Time.’ –Universal Pictures


‘Captain Phillips’ ***1/2
A dramatic account of the story of Capt. Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama by Somali pirates. With Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi and Barkhad Abdirahman. (PG-13, 2:14)

‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2′ **
Having previously endangered the world and then saved it from a machine that turned water into food, a young inventor learns that his contraption survived and is now creating dangerous food-animal hybrids. With the voices of Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan and Will Forte. (PG, 1:34)

‘The Counselor’ *1/2
A respected lawyer’s dabbling in the drug-trafficking business quickly spirals out of control. With Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz and Javier Bardem. (R, 1:51)

‘Ender’s Game’ ***
Alien invasions of Earth prompt the International Military to prepare the next generation of young soldiers for another attack. Based on the novel by Orson Scott Card. With Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley. Written and directed by Gavin Hood. (PG-13, 1:54)

‘Enough Said’ ****
A divorced single mother who works as a masseuse finds her personal and professional lives uncomfortably intersecting when a new client turns out to be her new beau’s ex-wife. With Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener and Toni Collette. (PG-13, 1:32)

‘Escape Plan’ **
An expert on structural security agrees to take on one last job “breaking out of a top-secret high-tech prison” but is then duped and wrongly imprisoned, spurring him to recruit a fellow inmate to help him escape. With Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jim Caviezel. (R, 1:56)

‘The Face Reader’
A skillful face reader who is able to identify culprits in murder cases catches the attention of the king, who demands that he identify traitors threatening his reign. After the king unexpectedly dies, the face reader becomes involved in a huge power struggle to determine the king’s successor. (Los Angeles Times) At Pearlridge West 16 (South Korea, not rated, 2:19)

‘Free Birds’ *1/2
Two turkeys set out to alter the course of Thanksgiving by traveling back in time and preventing their kind from becoming the holiday’s main course. With the voices of Woody Harrelson, Owen Wilson and Amy Poehler. Written by Scott Mosier and Jimmy Hayward. Directed by Hayward. In 3-D. (PG, 1:31)

‘Gravity’ ****
When their shuttle is destroyed during a routine spacewalk, a veteran astronaut and a brilliant engineer are stranded in space together. With Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. (PG-13, 1:31)

‘The Haumana’ **1/2
Jonny Kealoha (Tui Asau) is a lounge performer in Waikiki who is asked by his dying kumu hula (Marlene Sai) to help prepare a group of high school boys for the upcoming Royal Hula Festival. The film is an enjoyable re-creation of the classic underdog story line that finds the protagonists beaten down and dealt setback after setback. How will they react? Will the challenges prove to be too much to overcome? At Pearlridge West 16 (1:35)

‘Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa’ **
An elderly man and his 8-year-old grandson embark on a series of misadventures in this hidden-camera comedy. With Johnny Knoxville and Jackson Nicoll. (R, 1:31)

Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as a free black man who is forced into slavery in '12 Years a Slave.' --Fox Searchlight

Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as a free black man who is forced into slavery in ’12 Years a Slave.’ –Fox Searchlight

‘Last Vegas’ ***
Four aging childhood friends celebrate the engagement of the last single member of their group with a bachelor party in Las Vegas. With Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline. Written by Dan Fogelman. Directed by Jon Turteltaub. (PG-13, 1:54)

‘Man of Tai Chi’ ***
A young martial artist (Tiger Hu Chen) must compete in an underground fight club to protect his way of life. Keanu Reeves and Karen Mok star. Written by Michael G. Cooney. Reeves’ directorial debut. (China-U.S.; not rated, 1:45)

‘She’s the One’
Filipino romantic comedy about a young couple — best friends — whose relationship grows complicated when another man shows a romantic interest in the girl. Stars Dingdong Dantes, Bea Alonzo and Enrique Gil. In Tagalog (no subtitles). At Pearlridge West 16 (R, 1:36)

‘Wedding Palace’
After being abandoned at the altar and pressured by his family to find a new bride, a Korean-American man meets his dream girl on a business trip to the old country, but she arrives in the U.S. with a startling revelation. With Brian Tee, Kang Hye-jung, Bobby Lee and Margaret Cho. At Pearlridge West 16 (not rated, 1:38)

Ben Kingsley, left, and Asa Butterfield defend the Earth from an alien invasion in 'Ender's Game.' --Fox Searchlight

Ben Kingsley, left, and Asa Butterfield defend the Earth from an alien invasion in ‘Ender’s Game.’ –Fox Searchlight


University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors vs. Navy Midshipmen football game
10:30 a.m. Saturday at Koko Marina 8 and Koolau Stadium 10, $12

‘The Metropolitan Opera: Tosca’
Italian maestro Riccardo Frizza conducts Giacomo Puccini’s dramatic tale of murder, lust and political intrigue, starring Patricia Racette and Roberto Alagna. 12:55 p.m. Saturday and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Dole Cannery 18, $18-$24 (not rated, 3:35)

Giacomo Puccini’s captivating story with powerful music and a tragic end stars Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufman and Bryn Terfel in a performance at the Royal Opera House. 2 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Wednesday at Kahala 8, $20 (not rated, 2:05)

‘National Theater Live: Frankenstein (Original Casting)’
Oscar-winner Danny Boyle directs this production, based on Mary Shelley’s gothic novel, about a determined Frankenstein’s monster in search of his creator to strike a terrifying deal. With Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller. 2 p.m. Sunday at Kahala 8, $20 (R, 2:00)

‘National Theater Live: Hamlet’
Olivier Award-winning actor Rory Kinnear portrays Hamlet in director Nicholas Hytner’s 2010 production of Shakespeare’s tragic play. 7 p.m. Thursday at Kahala 8, $20 (not rated, 4:00)

Sandra Bullock, left, and George Clooney are two astronauts stranded in space in 'Gravity.' --Warner Bros. Pictures

Sandra Bullock, left, and George Clooney are two astronauts stranded in space in ‘Gravity.’ –Warner Bros. Pictures


Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St., entry on Kinau Street. (532-8768, $10, $8 for members

‘E Haku Inoa: To Weave a Name’ and ‘Kae’
Opening-night reception today, with Hawaiian-food buffet and live music at 6 p.m. and screening at 7:30 p.m.; $35, $30 for members. Additional screenings, 1 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
» ‘E Haku Inoa: To Weave a Name’: In this documentary, director Christen Hepuakoa Marquez explores her lengthy Hawaiian name that was given by her schizophrenic mother. (2013, 0:57)
» ‘Kae’: In order to capture a moment of connection, a strict father and his two young children must learn to cast down their nets in this short film set in Kaneohe Bay and directed by Lana Dang. (2012, 0:10)

‘Let’s Play Music: Slack Key with Cyril Pahinui & Friends’
7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday
Na’alehu Anthony directs this documentary about Cyril Pahinui and his legendary father, Gabby “Pops” Pahinui, with appearances by Roland Cazimero, Palani Vaughan, Peter Moon Jr. and others. (2013, 0:57)

‘Kalo Culture’
7:30 p.m. Sunday, with special guests Kamuela Vance, director, and Daniel Anthony, who will perform a kalo-pounding demonstration; and 1 p.m. Tuesday
Kamuela Vance’s documentary explores the traditions and culture associated with taro farming and follows the life of taro farmer Daniel Anthony and his family and friends as they prepare for the Haleiwa Taro Festival. (2012, 1:01)

”Oiwi Shorts Showcase’
7:30 p.m. Tuesday and 1 p.m. Wednesday
» ‘Kae’: See previous synopsis.
» ‘Chout’: Explore Maui’s urban infrastructure as seen by Maui’s talented skateboarders. Directed by Kale Kaaikala. (2013, 0:13)
» ‘Koa ‘Ohana’: Erin Lau directs this film about a teen attempting to follow her late father’s footsteps as an MMA fighter. (2013, 0:18)
» ‘Little Girl’s War Cry’: Also directed by Erin Lau, this film is about a sheltered Maori girl who must confront the violence faced in her childhood and by her family after a prank gone wrong. (2013, 0:17)
» ‘Small Kine Stories’: Kupuna share stories of growing up, from Oahu’s Manana island to Mahukona on Hawaii island, in Ann Marie Kirk’s documentary. (2013, 0:20)

Director Kamuela Vance captures preparations for the Haleiwa Taro Festival in 'Kalo Culture,' showing Sunday and Tuesday at Doris Duke Theatre. --Star-Advertiser / 2011

Director Kamuela Vance captures preparations for the Haleiwa Taro Festival in ‘Kalo Culture,’ showing Sunday and Tuesday at Doris Duke Theatre. –Star-Advertiser / 2011


3566 Harding Ave. (735-8771) $5, $4 members

‘Life Begins Today’ (‘La vida empieza hoy’)
Noon, 3:45 and 9:15 p.m. today
Comedy about a group of senior citizens who rediscover the zest in their lives after taking a sex class. Winner of four awards. For mature audiences. In Spanish with English subtitles. (2010, Spain, 1:30)

1:45, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. today; and 2, 4 and 6 p.m. Monday
Touching true story about an Akita dog in the 1920s who accompanied his beloved owner to the train station each morning and greeted him each evening for their walk home, even returning to the station daily for 10 years following his owner’s death. In Japanese with English subtitles. (1987, Japan, 1:48)

‘Behind the Candelabra’
Noon, 2:15, 4:30, 6:45 and 9 p.m. Saturday
Biographical drama about the tempestuous relationship between Liberace (Michael Douglas) and his young lover, Scott Thorson (Matt Damon). This film, based on Thorson’s book, also stars Steven Soderbergh, Scott Bakula, Debbie Reynolds and Rob Lowe. Winner of four awards, including three Emmys. For ages 17 and older. (2013, 1:58)

‘Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay’
Noon, 3:45 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday; and 1:45, 5:15 and 8:45 p.m. Thursday
Documentary about the amazing magician who leaves spectators scratching their heads with his miraculous trickery. For ages 10 and older. (2012, 1:29)

‘Happiness Never Comes Alone’ (‘Un bonheur n’arrive jamais seul’)
1:45 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday
Romantic comedy about a kid-hating, partying musician whose life changes forever when a woman literally falls at his feet. For ages 12 and older. In French with English subtitles. (2012, France, 1:50).

‘Dog Nail Clipper’ (‘Koirankynnen leikkaaja’)
Noon and 8 p.m. Monday
In 1941 a young soldier becomes disabled after being shot in the head during a battle with the Russians. Now he must return to civilian life, but not without the help of two friends. Winner of eight awards. For ages 12 and older. (2004, Finland, 1:45)

‘Roman de Gare’
Noon, 3:30 and 7 p.m. Thursday
No one is as he or she seems in this thriller involving a successful novelist, a single mother and a man with “a squinched face.” In French with English subtitles. Rated R. (2007, France, 1:43)

Michael Douglas is Liberace in 'Behind the Candelabra,' based on a book by the musician's lover. --HBO

Michael Douglas is Liberace in ‘Behind the Candelabra,’ based on a book by the musician’s lover. –HBO


In conjunction with the “Bollywood & Beyond: Costume in Indian Film” exhibition at East-West Center Gallery, John A. Burns Hall, 1601 East-West Road (corner of Dole Street and East-West Road). (944-7177, Free

‘Jodhaa Akbar: Part 1′
2-4 p.m. Sunday
Director Ashutosh Gowariker’s film about the romance between a Muslim emperor and a Hindu princess. Part 2 will be shown Nov. 17. (2008, India, combined 3:33 for Parts 1 and 2)

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